Weekly Bulletin 04/21/13

Week of April 21, 2013

Dear Parishioners,

Youth Ministry is not the task of only some of us. It is the call of the entire community. For the past two years, we have approached members of our parish family asking them to contribute to the cost of our high school summer service trip through Young Neighbors In Action. This initiative, called the “20-20 Club” is a simple idea: 20 members of the parish would contribute $20 and underwrite the cost of one teenager participating in our weeklong service experience. Our goal is to fully fund the service week for all teenagers who wish to participate and to send the powerful message to our youth that we love them, support them, and send them forth in our name.

Last year, we were able to do this for 16 young people including the cost of transportation. Our teens were floored by your support and will forever remember the blessing of being a part of our community.

This summer, we have 20 teens who wish to serve in Baltimore, MD with Young Neighbors In Action. It promises to be an extraordinary week of service, learning, and growing in the faith. By contributing to this trip you say to our teens “We want you to grow in your relationship with Christ.”

After Masses this weekend, I will be in the narthex to accept your donations towards this effort. Those who contribute will receive a formal certificate that acknowledges their participation in this effort and thanks them for taking “stock” in our youth. They will also be invited to a post-trip gathering on Thursday, July 18th at 7:00 p.m. where they will have the opportunity to hear about the experience from the teens who attended.

If you would like to contribute but are unable to do so this weekend, I will be in the narthex April 27th and 28th to accept your donations. You may also drop them off in the parish office during the week. Checks should be made out to St. Noel with “YNIA” in the memo line.

Please consider contributing to this parish-wide effort to provide our youth with a significant opportunity to come to know the joy of their faith in a deeper way

Erica Witmer

PARKING NEXT WEEK – Chef Randy is hosting a special event next Sunday, April 28th from 8:00 – 10:30 a.m. This will impact parking at the 9:00 a.m. liturgy. We believe that there will be enough spaces in our lot for both the church and the Banquet Center, but it will be tight. So you may need to use spaces further from the building. This will only affect the 9:00 liturgy and will not become a common occurrence. Thank you for your cooperation.

YEAR OF FAITH REFLECTION QUESTION – Who or what helps you to discern the voice of God in your life?

RICE BOWLS – Please return your filled Rice Bowls to the parish office byApril 27th & 28th.

SACRISTANSare needed for the 11:00 Mass on Sundays. If you think you might be interested, please call the parish office. We would like to have at least two more volunteers in order to be able to schedule each once a month.

THE CATHOLIC COMMUNITY FOUNDATION has provided us with a limited number of bumper stickers to proudly announce our Catholic identity. The oval sticker displays an “RC” with the line “proud to be Roman Catholic.” If you enjoy bumper stickers, you may pick one of these up in the narthex after Mass.

“JOHN THE BAPTIST: HERALD AND TEACHER OF JESUS” by Fr. George Smiga will be on Tuesday, April 23rd at 7:00 p.m. at Historic St. Peter Parish on the corner of East 17th and Superior Avenue. Fr. George will discuss the differences between the historical John and the way John is presented in the New Testament. For further information, please check the kiosk, go online to www.stpetercleveland.org, or call 216-344-2999.

DAYTIME RETREAT – The last daytime retreat of the season will be on Wednesday, May 1. The theme is”Diversity: Learning to Love All God’s Children.”As usual it will be from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Beginning with the Blessed Mother and extending “gentleness” to address the world, we will look at some documents from Vatican II and see how they apply to extending scriptural gentleness in our attitudes toward those who have a different faith and world view.  Sign up on the kiosk or just come. We will always accommodate you. A suggested free will offering is $6.00 to cover the cost of lunch.

MOTHER’S DAY BRUNCH – will be held on Sunday, May 12. There will be two seatings (10:00 a.m. and 12:15 p.m.). The brunch includes scrambled eggs, breakfast potatoes, sausage, bacon, carved ham, French toast, cheese blintzes, waffles with toppings, fresh fruit, Danish & muffins, assorted cereals, and coffee, tea, milk, and juices. The cost is $16 for adults, $8 for children 6-12 years, and no charge for children 5 years and younger. For more information or reservations, please call the Banquet Center (440-946-6635).

BAPTISM DAY – will be held on Sunday, June 9th from 12:30 – 3:30 p.m. Parents who plan to present a child for Baptism in the next six months, or have already baptized a child and have not previously attended such a day, are expected to attend. Please call the parish office for further information (440-946-0887).

CALLL and PEACE resume this Wednesday, April 24th at 6:00 p.m.

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL VOLUNTEERS – Howdy, Partners! Saddle up your horses and get on over to SonWest Roundup VBS, where kids will have a rip-roarin’ good time with Jesus. Join us for a fun-packed week July 15 – 19 (9:00 a.m-12:30 p.m. daily). You can help St. Noel buckaroos travel down the trail through the Old Testament stories of Moses to discover God’s ultimate plan of salvation. This weekend and next (April 20/21 and April 27/28) we invite volunteers to stop at the table in the narthex after Mass and sign up. Volunteers can also register their own children on these two weekends.

PRIME TIME will meet on Sunday, April 21st at 7:00 p.m. in the Teen Center.

MOVIE NIGHT: On Sunday, April 28th, middle school and high school families are invited to attend a viewing of Disney’s “Brave.” This film is about a headstrong daughter determined to carve her own path in life who ultimately discovers the meaning of true bravery. The evening will begin at 6:30 p.m., conclude by 8:30 p.m., and will be held in the Banquet Center large hall. Pizza and drinks will be provided. Please RSVP to Erica if you plan to attend with your teen(s) ([email protected]). This will be a night geared toward middle school and high school youth and their parents, but young siblings are welcome to attend.

GOLDEN WEDDING ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION – Bishop Lennon will celebrate the annual Golden Wedding Anniversary Celebration this year at the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist on Sunday, July 28th at 2:30 p.m. Registrations are now being accepted for couples married 50 years (married in 1963). Couples who are celebrating other significant anniversaries (55 or over) or who have missed previous celebrations are also welcome to register and attend. Deadline for registration is Monday, June 24, 2013. Please call the parish office (440-946-0887) for a registration form.

SOCIAL JUSTICE/ST. AUGUSTINE – On Sunday, April 28th, our volunteers will be serving the meal at the St. Augustine Hunger Center. There is a sign-up sheet on the kiosk if you are able to lend a hand.

SOCIAL JUSTICE FUND  For March, 2013 we collected $469.99.  Our expenses for March were:

$   900.00
Meal at St. Augustine
Food Pantry

Thank you for your support.

HELP PASS IMMIGRATION REFORM! – Your assistance is needed in helping to pass immigration reform! The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and the Justice for Immigrants initiative have provided a very simple way to communicate with Senators and Representatives asking that they seriously consider just and much needed reform in our immigration policy. Please access the site www.justiceforimmigrants.org and click on the words: Take Action Now which appears on the home page. This is a link to the postcard campaign and will explain how to go about sending your desires concerning immigration reform to Washington, D.C., to your senators and representatives. It is an easy process but a significant investment of a few minutes of time. Please request a compassionate process for immigration reform. Now is the time!

Something to think about from the St. Noel Endowment Board…. When is the last time you looked at who the beneficiaries are on your life insurance, IRA or other accounts?   It’s time to take a look, update if necessary.  When updating beneficiaries, know that a charity like the St. Noel Endowment fund can be a beneficiary of all or part of one of these assets.

ST. NOEL FELLOWSHIP – Meetings are held on Thursdays at 12:00 Noon in the St. Noel Banquet Center. Activities are: On April 25th, there will be a bake sale & bingo, birthdays and anniversaries. Bring something for the food pantry & and get an extra 50/50 ticket! Everyone is welcome to attend.

SERRA CLUB CLEVELAND-EAST – “Faith and Family” will be presented by Dr. Ray Guarendi on Tuesday evening, April 23rd at 7:00 p.m. at the Center for Pastoral Leadership in Wickliffe. The event is free to all adults of the diocese but tickets are required. Obtain them at the SERRA website (www.SerraClubCleveland-East.org). See the flier on the kiosk. Reminder cards are on the table in the Narthex.

CATHOLIC ECUMENICAL INSTITUTE FOR RELIGIOUS STUDIES – will present a retreat workshop entitled “Searching for the Presence: Teresa of Avila’s Practice of Prayer” by Wayne Simsic, M.A. on Saturday, April 27, 2013 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The retreat will be held at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in Cleveland. The cost is $40 + $10 for lunch. For more information, please call Bernadette LaGuardia (216-283-1507). Use the registration form in the CEIRS brochure (in the kiosk pocket), or send your name, address, phone, e-mail, check made out to CEIRS, and the name of the course(s) to The Cleveland Ecumenical Institute, 2747 Fairmount Boulevard, Cleveland Heights, OH 44106-3696. You may also check the web (www.ceirs.org).

FIRST FRIDAY CLUB OF CLEVELAND will present a talk by Doris Donnelly, PhD., entitled “A Pope from the Global South: Hopes and Expectations” on Thursday, May 2, 2013 at 12 noon at the City Club of Cleveland. Those who wish to attend the luncheon buffet should contact their table chairperson or reserve a ticket by calling the reservation line (440-390-0172). Tickets are $20.00 per person. Buffet opens at 11:30 a.m. Reservations and cancellations must be final by 9:00 a.m. the Monday preceding the luncheon (April 29th).

“FAITH, SECULARITY AND ETHICS: DEEP MEANINGS, BROAD QUESTIONS” will be presented by Patricia M. Bombard, BVM on Saturday, May 4 from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. at River’s Edge in Rocky River. The fee is $50(includes morning coffee and lunch). Register by contacting (www.RiversEdgeCleveland.com or phone at 216-688-1111 x251).

BREADTH OF LIFE – Timothy Misny will present “Tim Misny the ‘Make Them Pay’ Lawyer, His Life and Catholic Upbringing and His Dedication to Charitable Works” on Wednesday, May 8th from 12 Noon to 2:00 p.m. at St. Noel Banquet Center. For reservations, call 216-289-0384, 216-486-3706, or 440-946-6932 by May 1st.

MASS & CAPTAINS GAME – Parishes from around the diocese are invited to join together for a great day at the Captains Park in Eastlake on Sunday, April 28th. Mass will be celebrated at 2:30 p.m. followed by the ballgame, a home run derby, and much more. Check the kiosk for more details and for information on purchasing tickets.

SUMMER CAMPS AT BEAUMONT – Beaumont School will be hosting a variety of Summer Camp options for girls in grades 4-8. Camp options include art/fashion/acting/culinary arts, science and athletics. All camps are a fun, creative and empowering experience for young women! Registration is now open and more information is available atwww.beaumontschool.org

THE FEST – When making your summer plans, please save the date for the FEST on Sunday, August 4, 2013 on the grounds of the Center for Pastoral Leadership in Wickliffe. The highlight of the FEST is the closing Mass which starts at 8:00 p.m. followed by a great fireworks display. The day is free. For more information (www.theFEST.us or call 440-943-7662).

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